Environmental sustainability in European public healthcare: Could it just be a matter of leadership?

Andrea Chiarini (Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy)
Emidia Vagnoni (Department of Economics and Management, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Publication date: 1 February 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to enlarge the debate concerning the influence of leadership on environmental sustainability implementation in European public healthcare organisations.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a viewpoint. It is based on preliminary analysis of European standards dedicated to environmental sustainability and their spread across Europe in public healthcare organisations. Viewpoints concerning leadership are then discussed and asserted.

Findings

This paper found a limited implementation of standards such as Green Public Procurement criteria, Eco-Management and Audit Scheme and ISO 14001 in public healthcare. Some clues indicate that the lack of implementation is related to leadership and management commitment.

Originality/value

For the first time, this paper investigates relationships between leadership and environmental sustainability in European public healthcare opening further avenues of research on the subject.

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Citation

Chiarini, A. and Vagnoni, E. (2016), "Environmental sustainability in European public healthcare: Could it just be a matter of leadership?", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 2-8. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-10-2015-0035

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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